• PG, 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Jane Campion
    In Theaters:
    May 15, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 26, 2010
  • Apparition Films

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Bright Star Reviews

Christine Champ
Film.com
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A

May 6, 2011
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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Campion, who won fans with The Piano (1993) and lost them with the dismal In the Cut (2003) here returns to the top of her form.

Full Review Source: Film.com

November 22, 2009
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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A combination of unstuffy dialogue, wise casting, unselfconscious performances and sensuous but never pretty photography makes Campion's version of the nineteenth century feel current but not anachronistic.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 6, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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For a movie so sensuously mounted, it's remarkably grounded.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

October 2, 2009
Dana Stevens
Slate
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The rare film about the life of an artist that is itself a work of art.

Full Review Source: Slate

September 25, 2009
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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In its way Campion's film is a thing of beauty, but its characters' inner lives must be taken on faith.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 25, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Greig Fraser's cool cinematography offsets the heat in Campion's ecstatically literate screenplay, which quotes Keats' handiwork all the way through the end credits. It sounds like music.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The best costumers, set designers, and property masters can't conjure up the mental and emotional spaces of a simpler era; that requires a filmmaker who knows the virtue of quiet, patience, and attentiveness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 25, 2009
Tom Long
Detroit News
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For a film about love, Bright Star is curiously cold, more pretty than emotional. True stars have heat.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

September 25, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Silence and stillness, as well as the restrained desire of its lovers, are given their due. After the clatter and rush of the summer flicks, patience is demanded but also rewarded.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 25, 2009
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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Bright Star is a rich, sumptuous and, yes, challenging experience.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News

September 25, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It's refreshing to see romantic drama where credulity hasn't been stretched by the magic of Hollywood or the fantasies of the mind.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

September 25, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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What animates this dramatically constrained film are the lively words and the vitality of nature. An image of butterflies blooming in a bedroom is Keats' worldview in miniature.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

September 25, 2009
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Intimate as a whisper, immediate as a blush, and universal as first love, the PG-rated film positively palpitates with the sensual and spiritual.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

September 24, 2009
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Bright Star is ripe with the eroticism of a proud woman being seduced by words and undone by emotions. If that's not worth more than a year of Megan Fox movies, I can't help you.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 24, 2009
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Bright Star is a well-acted, well-crafted but excruciatingly tepid romantic film about a subject that will attract poetry lovers and yet test even their considerable patience.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

September 24, 2009
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Bright Star shines brightly indeed, not only on the strength of a couple of powerhouse performances, but also as a look back at a time when poets were rock stars, with all the skinny British attitude that implies.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

September 24, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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What Campion does is seek visual beauty to match Keats' verbal beauty. There is a shot here of Fanny in a meadow of blue flowers that is so enthralling it beggars description.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 24, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Bright Star is literate, romantic and high-minded.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

September 23, 2009
Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
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If you don't mind the inert drama at the core, Bright Star at least gives you plenty of eye candy.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 18, 2009
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Writer-director Jane Campion has fashioned a fascinating mix of contradictions. Her film is at once gritty and ethereal, grounded and romantic, quaint and contemporary.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

September 18, 2009
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Campion -- who also wrote the screenplay, inspired by British poet Andrew Motion's biography of Keats -- tells the story of Keats and Fanny in delicate, painterly colors, layered in such a way that they're vividly vital.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 18, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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A film that avoids any trace of musty reverence for a long-dead poet by concentrating our senses on the breathtaking girl next door.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

September 18, 2009
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A literate, lyrical love story in the age of Hollywood crass. I must be dreaming.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

September 18, 2009
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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Every frame of this exquisite period romance features an attention to detail, a passion for literature and an intense, fully clothed, pre-Victorian sexiness that suggest a director in something close to rapture.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

September 18, 2009
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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There's enough material here for a solid, heartfelt period love story -- it may not make viewers swoon the way a good Jane Austen adaptation might, but it's well enough made to deliver an emotional impact.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 18, 2009
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Bright Star satisfies a hunger we may not have known we had, a hunger for an exquisitely done, emotional love story that marries heartbreaking passion to formidable filmmaking restraint...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 17, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Those who love language and particularly poetic verse will savor the dialogue, as well as the visual splendor of the film. With its gorgeously framed shots and superb craftsmanship, Bright Star is a thing of beauty.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2009
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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It's a studied movie that gives itself over to bursts of intensity, and between them sometimes threatens to become as spellbound by its subjects as they become with each other.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

September 16, 2009
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Campion's big-sisterly encouragement of Cornish's lovely, openhearted performance -- and Whishaw's well-matched response -- results in a character instantly, intimately recognizable to anyone remembering her own first love.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 16, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Writer-director Jane Campion approaches the tale with an artiste's respectful solemnity, but it too often comes off like Twilight transplanted across oceans and centuries.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

September 16, 2009
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The achievement of Jane Campion's learned and ravishing new film is to trace the comminglings and collisions of poetic creation and amatory passion.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 16, 2009
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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England 1818 seems like a Fragonard garden, the pastoral height of civilization. Conversation is witty; summer feels eternal.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 15, 2009
David Denby
New Yorker
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There's a full complement of geese and mud and some women in bonnets, but Campion avoids finery and ceremony. She doesn't show off the period; she triumphantly makes it a time in which people live as best they can.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

September 14, 2009
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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What keeps all this from seeming overmelodramatic is Schneider's huge performance, which is too hilarious. All costume dramas need actors this rude.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 14, 2009
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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[Star, Abbie] Cornish shines.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 11, 2009
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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A thing of beauty is a joy forever, but a thing of plodding inevitability is just two hours of my time amiably wasted.

Full Review Source: AV Club

May 16, 2009
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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Australian director Jane Campion's gorgeously filmed Festival de Cannes Competition entry "Bright Star" may not be a joy forever but it will do until the next joy comes along.

May 15, 2009
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Breaking through any period piece mustiness with piercing insight into the emotions and behavior of her characters.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 15, 2009
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